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Dave Pelzer Project .
Transcript of Dave Pelzer Project .
Born in the small town of Sighet in Transylvania
Grew up in the close-knit Jewish community
Spoke Yiddish at home
Began religious studies in classical Hebrew almost as soon as he could speak
Life centered entirely on his religious studies
Loved the mystical tradition and folk tales of the Hassidic sect of Judaism
Childhood ended abruptly with the arrival of Nazis in 1944
Had three sisters – older sisters Hilda and Beatrice, and younger sister Tzipora
His family spoke Yiddish most of the time, but also Romanian, Hungarian and German
Studied biblical Hebrew in school
Learned Yiddish from his mother and father
During The Holocaust:
Deported en masse to concentration camps in Poland
Was separated from his mother and sister immediately on arrival in Auschwitz
Never saw them again
Managed to remain with his father for the next year as they were worked almost to death, starved, beaten, and shuttled from camp to camp on foot, or in open cattle cars, in driving snow, without food, proper shoes, or clothing
In the last months of the war, Wiesel's father succumbed to dysentery, starvation, exhaustion and exposure
In April 1945, having miraculously survived, Wiesel was liberated by the U.S. Third Army. He was 16. After the war Wiesel settled in France, and studied at Sorbonne literature, psychology, and philosophy. His faith in God was shattered but during the following years he found again Jewish traditions
In 1940, Romania lost the town of Sighet following the Second Vienna Award.
In 1944, Wiesel, his family and the rest of the town were placed in one of the two ghettos in Sighet. Wiesel and his family lived in the larger of the two, on Serpent Street.
On May 16, 1944, the Hungarian authorities allowed the German army to deport the Jewish community in Sighet to Auschwitz-Birkenau. While at Auschwitz, his inmate number, "A-7713", was tattooed onto his left arm. Wiesel was separated from his mother and sisters Hilda, Bea, and Tzipora. Wiesel's mother and sister Tzipora were presumably killed in the gas chambers upon arrival. Wiesel and his father were sent to the attached work camp Buna, a subcamp of Auschwitz III-Monowitz. He managed to remain with his father for over eight months as they were forced to work under appalling conditions and shuffled between three concentration camps in the closing days of the war. On January 29, 1945, just a few weeks after the two were marched to Buchenwald, Wiesel's father was beaten by a Nazi as he was suffering from dysentery, starvation, and exhaustion. He was also beaten by other inmates for his food. He was later sent to the crematorium, only months before the camp was liberated by the U. S. Third Army on April 11